WorldCat Identities

Masters, Priscilla

Works: 64 works in 300 publications in 2 languages and 9,968 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery stories, English  Legal stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6063.A833, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Priscilla Masters
Frozen Charlotte by Priscilla Masters( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coroner Martha Gunn must determine where and how a mummified infant boy died after he is brought to the hospital by Alice Sedgewick, who claims she found the newborn in her home
Slipknot by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Callum Hughes has been labeled a killer and a psycho. He has been labeled by the press, by his classmates and most of all by the family of the boy he stabbed. Roger Gough has been labeled a victim. He is described by everyone that the police question as an athletic, funny and popular boy who was brutally murdered by Callum. At least, that??'s what his friends and family are saying. But things are rarely so black and white
Smoke alarm by Priscilla Masters( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A deadly fire reunites coroner Martha Gunn with Detective Inspector Alex Randall. When firemen are called to an intense blaze at the Grange in Melverley, they find the bodies of Christie Barton, her daughter, Adelaide, and father-in-law, William, along with evidence that suggests the fire was started deliberately. Detective Inspector Alex Randall enlists the help of coroner Martha Gunn, but the puzzle deepens with a second house fire - the occupant, retired nurse Monica Deverill, is missing. Where is she, and what links the two fires? The answers lie in a secret buried in the past
A plea of insanity by Priscilla Masters( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Claire Roget takes up the post as clinical psychiatrist at the Greatbach Secure Psychiatrist Unit, following the murder of her predecessor Heidi Faro. Another psychopath in the hospital, Jerome Barclay, starts to play mind games with Dr. Roget and eventually kills Kristyna Gale, a nurse at the institution. Dr. Roget is not sure if medical ethics will let her bring her suspicians about Jerome to the police or not
A velvet scream by Priscilla Masters( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a snowy December morning, a young woman is found outside Patches nightclub in Leek. Half dead from the cold, she says she has been raped. As Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy, fresh from a disciplinary action, investigates, she learns that Kayleigh Harrison has made unsubstantiated allegations before against her stepfather. But there are possible links to a similar rape case six months previously ... Is there a real case to investigate or not? Kayleigh holds the key, but how much of her story can be trusted?
Wings over the watcher by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Struggling to keep a tight focus on her work after a miscarriage and relationship breakdown, DI Joanna Piercy resorts to formulaic solutions to solve her cases: having seen the same situations time and again, she assumes all cases have a simple repetitive answer. So when Arthur Pennington enters her office in a state of confused distress and reports that his wife Beatrice is missing, Joanna does not reciprocate his concern. Convinced that his wife is merely involved in an extra-marital affair, Joanna is dismissive of Arthur's concerns. Then Beatrice's strangled body is discovered recklessly dumped on the Leek moorlands and she is forced to re-evaluate her stance. But perhaps Joanna wasn't so far off the mark at all: it seems Beatrice suffered an unrequited love, which Joanna knows can be painfulbut she never before believed it could be fatal.A baffling and intriguing mystery, Wings over the Watcher takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the maze-like puzzle of the female psyche
Grave stones by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jakob Grimshaw has eked out a precarious living as a Staffordshire moorland farmer by selling off some of his land to Gabriel Frank, a local businessman, who seized the opportunity to build a select development of nine houses, the Prospect Farm Estate. But having been sold a rural idyll, the residents of the estate quickly realise that they do not like Grimshaw's old farm building - surely such an eyesore will mean their properties will depreciate in value? And so the war begins - complaints, petty obstruction, each inhabitant with his or her own reason for wanting Grimshaw to move away. What none of the residents realise is that the old farmer is neither simple nor honest. He has a cunning and devious nature and likes to play malicious tricks, including double-crossing the landowners around him. When Grimshaw's body is discovered at the foot of his boundary wall, his head crushed by one of the copestones, it is up to DI Joanna Piercy to unravel the events leading up to his death. But Joanna has worries of her own in her personal life and the last thing she needs on her desk is a gruesome murder investigation ..."--Jacket
Disturbing ground by Priscilla Masters( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Banesto knows her patients. So when the body of a paranoid schizophrenic, is dragged from a murky pool she questions the accidental death verdict
The devil's chair by Priscilla Masters( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the peaceful setting of the National Trust near Church Stretton, south of Shrewsbury, Tracey Walsh drives herself and her four-year-old daughter, Daisy, up the remote Burway in the early hours of the morning, tragically loses control of her car and crashes into the valley below. Tracey is rushed to hospital, but where is Daisy? She has vanished, provoking an intense police search of the area around the Devil's Chair, land that is rife with legends and strange stories of witchcraft, sorcery and unexplained disappearances. Detective Inspector Alex Randall, the senior investigating officer, soon admits to coroner Martha Gunn that he is baffled by the case. Alex and Martha must sift through fact and fiction, folklore and reality in their search for answers
River deep by Priscilla Masters( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tense forensic thriller, featuring Coroner Martha Gunn ... Shrewsbury Coroner Martha Gunn is among the first to appear on the scene when a man's body is found floating in the rising water. It appears to have been raised from the cellar of a small cottage by the flood. In the dark and fetid cottage, Martha's instincts alert her to a murder; a hunch borne out by the post mortem
The final curtain : a Joanna Piercy mystery by Priscilla Masters( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just back from her honeymoon, the last thing Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy wants to deal with on her return to work is nuisance calls from an old lady ringing the police incessantly to report seemingly trivial incidents. The woman in question is Timony Weeks, a sixties' child star in the once-popular soap Butterfield Farm, who lives in an isolated farmhouse. Is she putting on an act and wasting police time, or is someone really trying to frighten her? Joanna is dubious, but as events become even more creepy and disturbing, her instinct tells her something is not right. What is Timony hiding? As she digs into her past, Joanna discovers a shocking secret. It seems that someone may have sinister intentions towards Timony after all
Night visit by Priscilla Masters( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and Czech and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Endangering innocents by Priscilla Masters( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Something is amiss at a small primary school in the village of Horton. A local man, Joshua Baldwin, has been sitting in his car outside the school watching the children as they play. So DI Joanna Piercy is called out to investigate. She meets with the teachers and with Baldwin and eventually decides there is nothing to worry about.She is terribly wrong. A few days later little Madeline Wiltshaw goes missing. Joanna is distraught that she trusted her gut instinct so implicitly, that she was not more suspicious of Baldwin. The coming weeks will be a testing time for Joanna, as she desperately tries to find the child. But with foot and mouth disease ruling the surrounding countryside, Joanna's task looks almost impossible
Guilty waters by Priscilla Masters( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The disappearance of two French girls in a Staffordshire beauty spot signals a tough new case for Detective Joanna Piercy. Cécile Bellange is a worried mother. Her eighteen-year-old daughter Annabelle and her friend Dorothée left Paris for a summer hitchhiking holiday in England, but it's now September and the only contact from them is a postcard sent from the picturesque setting of Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire three months ago. Meanwhile, in England, brothers Martin and James Stuart find a note from two French girls, inviting the finder to meet them at Rudyard Lake. Their enquiries lead them to Mandalay, an upmarket guesthouse where the girls stayed just before their disappearance, and its owner, the creepy peeping tom, Mr Barker. Arriving in England, Cécile Bellange meets Detective Joanna Piercy, who is looking into the girls' disappearance. Soon Joanna must answer two important questions: what is the anxious Mr Barker trying so desperately to hide, and where are Annabelle and Dorothée?
Buried in clay by Priscilla Masters( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1787. A man hastily puts the finishing touches to his beloved jug as police descend upon him. Arrest him and hang him. Almost two centuries later, the same jug reappears, but where has it dwelt since the fatal day of its creator? And what is the meaning behind the grotesque pictures that adorn it?
The watchful eye by Priscilla Masters( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr Daniel Gregory is a GP in a picturesque Mid-Staffordshire market town. Divorced and denied visiting rights to his seven-year-old daughter, he is lonely and vulnerable to the dysfunctional behaviour of some of the locals. Like Vanda Struel, a single parent who repeatedly brings her toddler into the surgery with a succession of increasingly bizarre complaints. Or Chelsea Emmanuel, a precocious teenager who makes advances to him only to plan pathological revenge when he refuses. Or the fatally-damaged town policeman, who suspects Daniel of harbouring an unhealthy attraction for his French wife ... When an elderly woman patient is mistakenly given a terminal diagnosis, Vanda becomes pregnant with her second child and Daniel's own possessive mother arrives on the scene, things head inexorably towards the final breaking point
Embroidering shrouds by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spate of robberies targeting elderly women is disturbing enough, but especially so in a town as peaceful and sedate as Leek. Then one attack turns to murder, and DI Joanna Piercy is called to the eerily named Spite Hall. Slowly, aided by her colleague Mark Korpanski, Joanna unravels a mystery, the tangled threads of which are rooted years in the past
Scaring crows by Priscilla Masters( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dave Shackleton could sense that all was not well at Hardacre farm when he arrived on his morning milking round. The cows had been let out of their field and were waiting impatiently at the milking parlour -- yet there was no sign of the farmers. But when Shackleton enters the farmhouse he discovers the bodies of Aaron Summers and his son Jack, with their abandoned shotgun propped by the door. Was this a case of murder -- then suicide? The forensic evidence suggests otherwise, leaving Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy with a far more serious case -- murder by person or persons unknown
Winding up the serpent by Priscilla Masters( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DI Joanna Piercy breaks into the house of missing nurse Marilyn Smith. She finds Marilyn upstairs, spreadeagled across the bed, provacatively dressed and elaborately made up -- she is also stone dead. Despite a lack of evidence at the post mortem, DI Pierce is convinced that Marilyn was murdered. As a newcomer and a woman in the remote moorland town, Piercy must battle against long-held prejudices in her determination to find the killer. But could she be wrong? Is it possible that Marilyn Smith's death was not murder after all ...?
And none shall sleep by Priscilla Masters( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High-powered solicitor Jonathan Selkirk is in hospital recovering from a suspected heart attack. That night, he vanishes from his private room. Has he discharged himself? Or been abducted? In the same hospital, Detective Inspector Joanna Pierce finds herself coping with a murder investigation, a broken arm, and the arrival of the Regional Crime Squad. Superintendent Karen Pugh thinks there is a contracted killer at work -- but who, in the small village of Leek, could have hired him?
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